REDONDO BEACH (CBS)— A pod of blue whales – a rarity worldwide – was spotted in Santa Monica Bay Monday about a mile offshore.

Increasing Number Of Blue Whales Vulnerable To Ship Strikes

Several of the behemoths were seen breaching the surface of the water near King Harbor.

A Long Beach-based captain of a whale-watching vessel has reported seeing as many as a dozen blue whales recently, but not inside the bay.

Hunting blue whales was banned worldwide in 1966, and they are now believed to number about 12,000 or more globally.

Blue whales, which grow up to about 90 feet and can live for as long as 80 years, sift krill and other plankton from the ocean with sieve-like structures in their mouths called baleen.

Comments (5)
  1. Wynne says:

    Blue whales “in King Harbor” ??? I think not. They wouldn’t fit. 🙂

    Not to mention, blue whales are not known to “breach” unlike many other cetacean species. They’re too heavy and too long. “Breaking the surface” is undoubtedly what the writer meant.

    1. Chris says:

      It wouldn’t matter to you if they were extinct right Den? Considering the fact that they are not supposed to be this far during this time of year….so something is wrong……But who cares right Den?….not your problem right Den?

  2. Rhoda Hornback says:

    my friends and I saw 6 of these whales today from Pt. Vicenntes and it was a WOW moment everytime they broke the surface.

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